Japanese Prime Minister Dissolves Parliament Before Election

The vote, to be held on October 31, will be Kishida’s first major test after he won the ruling party’s leadership election on September 29 and was officially named Japan’s 100th Prime Minister on October 4.
Local media reports have suggested that the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, led by Kishida, hopes to take advantage of the recent nationwide decline in Covid-19 cases to build support for the party.
The previous prime minister, Yoshihide Suga, did not participate in his party’s leadership race, following a turbulent period marked by a slump in public support as he struggled to contain the coronavirus.
Kishida is pushing for what he calls a ‘new capitalism’. He has pledged to raise salaries for the middle class and implement an economic stimulus package worth at least $290 billion to revitalize the world’s third-largest economy, Reuters reported.

He has pledged to bolster the government’s Covid-19 response and said on Tuesday it would provide free vaccine booster shots as early as December.

The prime minister has also pledged to promote a free and open Indo-Pacific amid mounting tensions with China and North Korea.

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